Physical Therapy: 3 Methods You May Not Have Heard Of

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Physical therapists have a certain knack for assessing your body and helping it get back to where it can perform at optimal levels after bruises, breaks and even bursitis. Physical therapists have cutting-edge technology and a significant background of not only knowledge but experience as well to help diagnose and treat various ailments and disorders. Rather than essentially heading to your physical therapist with a blindfold on, become familiar with some of the most effective physical therapy treatment methods for a variety of issues. 1. Ultrasound – Connective Tissue Injuries An ultrasound utilizes sound waves that cannot be heard by the human ear in order to produce heat within your body. This helps to loosen up tissues prior to exercise or manual therapy. A wand is typically used by your physical therapist to directly apply the sound waves to your skin. Research shows that this method of treatment has been effective in rats by increasing the healing speed of ligaments. 2. Traction – Disc Herniation Your spine is constantly bearing your body’s weight, which makes it hard to recover from any type of back pain. However, traction is a treatment method that works to separate the vertebrae so that there is more space for the spinal nerves, which leads to less compression for disc cartilage. Some research suggests that traction is effective in improving mobility, decreasing sleep disturbances, and reducing pain in individuals who are suffering from a herniated lumbar disc. 3. Electrical Stimulation – Muscle Strength Restoration Electrical stimulation is a well-known treatment after a traumatic injury. It helps to restore functions of your muscles. It really is electric, and a small electrical wave is applied to a certain area of your body to cause a contraction of dormant muscles. One study was conducted on the impact of electrical stimulation on the strength of the quadriceps muscle following a total knee arthroplasty. The results showed that it was very effective in improving functional performance and muscle strength during the first month following the surgery, and the results continued throughout the rest of the year. Additional research shows that electrical stimulation may be an effective treatment method to help restore function in individuals who are suffering from paralysis on one side of their body (scientifically known as hemiplegic). Usually, you’ll need to consult with your primary care physician in order to receive a referral to see a professional physical therapist, like those at Park Avenue Trauma Associates. Regardless of the type of doctor, as soon as you experience aches and pains that you feel aren’t quite normal, you need to make an appointment. The sooner you get yourself checked out, the sooner you can undergo the appropriate treatment and get back to your old...

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What You Need To Know About Keeping Yourself Safe From Ticks

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With the summer here many people are choosing to spend more time outdoors. In fact, it is common for many families to camp outdoors for long periods of time. It is important that if you choose to be outdoors that you know how to protect yourself from harmful bugs, such as ticks. Here are some things that you need to know about ticks. How To Prevent Tick Bites There are ticks all around the United States. Even though the breed of tick may be different depending on your geographical location the ways to prevent a tick bite are pretty similar. First you need to make sure that while you are outdoors that you are wearing bug repellent that has DEET in it. DEET contains more N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide in it, which repels bugs better than just normal bug repellent. In addition, you should try to take showers and check your body as often as possible. Ticks like to hide in the warm parts of your body. This means they will most likely bite you under your arm, in the crevice of your leg, in your groin, around your neck and any other part that is warm and moist. Since you might not be able to see all of these areas on your own, you should be sure that you are checking your camping mates with ticks and have them do the same for you. Removal Of A Tick If you get a tick bite it is important that you remove the bug from the skin as soon as possible. You can do this by having someone slowly pull the bug out, although this can be dangerous since you don’t want to break it and leave any parts of the tick in the body. You can also use a match and suffocate the tick out by holding the match close to the bug until it comes out on its own. Treatment After the tick bite you might notice that the area is red and inflamed. This could mean a couple things, one being that the bug carried some sort of bacteria or microbe that infected you. This is why you should see your primary care physician after a tick bite to get either a cream or oral antibiotic that will help to kill any of the bacteria. If you ignore the problem, the tick bite could develop into Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and a variety of other diseases. This is why it is best to play it safe and see a doctor after a tick has bitten you. To learn more, contact a clinic like Monticello Clinic.  By doing these things you can keep yourself safe from...

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The Reasons For An Ultrasound During Your Pregnancy

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While most doctors recommend one ultrasound per pregnancy, there are many reasons (and times) you could get one. Here are some reasons your doctor may send you for an ultrasound during your pregnancy and how you can prepare.  First Trimester if you get an ultrasound during the first trimester of your pregnancy, it will probably a transvaginal scan. The technician will use a probe inside your vagina to get a better image. They may look for: The baby’s heartbeat The location of the baby (to make sure it is in your uterus and not your Fallopian tubes) The size of the baby to determine an accurate due date Any abnormalities in the baby or your cervix  They may ask you to drink several cups of water an hour before the exam because a full bladder lifts your intestines away and gives a better picture of your organs.  Second Trimester During the second trimester, you may get an ultrasound to: Check for any fetal malformations  See if you have enough amniotic fluid Make sure your baby is growing correctly (though they usually won’t change your due date at this point) Examine the placenta You can find out the gender of your baby after 14 weeks if they use an ultrasound wand and 16 weeks if they use a traditional ultrasound.  Third trimester Ultrasounds are less common during the third trimester because the baby is getting too large to examine. However, they are still occasionally done to: Check the location of your placenta Look for any abnormalities See which way your baby is facing  Observe your baby’s movements  Getting an ultrasound is not a necessary part of pregnancy, but they are helpful. If an abnormality is discovered, it does not mean something is wrong with your baby. Further tests will be done before any diagnoses are made. You will be able to then decide how to proceed.  Preparing For Your Exam Ultrasounds don’t require much preparation. Wear loose clothes so that the technician can easily access your abdomen. If you have other children, consider having them wait outside until the technician is ready to announce the gender. If you receive bad news, you won’t want them to be there. Ask beforehand if the technician will take photographs or video during the procedure. Most will, so it is good to remind them before they get started.  Your doctor and the technician will be happy to answer any other questions you have. For more information on this and other women’s health topics, contact a professional like All Women’s...

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What Are Your Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids?

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If you’ve been experiencing pelvic or lower back pain and unusually heavy periods, your gynecologist may have diagnosed you with fibroids — benign uterine tumors that can disrupt your menstrual flow and cause you to have especially severe cramps. Because these tumors can be triggered by the production of estrogen and progesterone, many women begin developing them during puberty, and they can continue to grow during childbearing years. Although some fibroid tumors can shrink or even disappear on their own, if the growth of these tumors goes unchecked, they can cause infertility or even begin spreading to other parts of your reproductive system. Here are the most effective treatment options for fibroid tumors, in order from least to most invasive. Medications There are several types of prescription medications that can interfere with the growth of fibroid tumors or even cause them to shrink. These drugs most commonly work by temporarily stopping your body from producing estrogen or progesterone — essentially simulating a post-menopausal state. After your fibroids have reduced in size enough for your symptoms to have diminished or stopped, you’ll be able to wean yourself off from this medication. If your fibroids recur, you may need to undergo an additional cycle of treatment. Ultrasound surgery This type of surgery is designed to kill the fibroid tumors without harming any surrounding uterine tissue, and is relatively non-invasive when compared to other types of surgery. During ultrasound fibroid removal, a doctor will use an ultrasound machine to identify the location of your fibroids, then target them with high-frequency sound waves to destroy them little by little. You may want to combine this surgery with a medication regimen to ensure that once these tumors have been removed, they do not quickly grow back. Hysterectomy Although this is often the option of last resort, if you have no plans to have children and would like to ensure that your fibroid issues never recur, you may want to have your uterus removed through a hysterectomy. This is often recommended if other treatment options have fallen short and you still have many years before your body naturally goes through menopause and slows production of fibroid-fueling hormones. Until recently, these operations involved a large incision in your lower stomach (similar to that used in a cesarean section) and the removal of your uterus through this incision. However, hysterectomies can now be performed by making only a few tiny incisions and using an electronic scope and cauterizing device. This dramatically reduces both post-surgical pain and recovery time. Talk to your physician about da Vinci...

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Moving Beyond Pills: The Interdisciplinary Approach To Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit their doctor – NPR reports that 10% of visits to primary care physicians involve back pain. And with people spending more time sitting and less time exercising than ever, it seems likely that this problem isn’t going away any time soon. If you suffer from back pain, you should know that the most common treatments aren’t necessarily the best ones. Being familiar with these treatments as well as clinical guidelines for back pain can help you make the best choice in treating your pain. Problems With Treatment Through Medication Many treatments for back pain have their own problems. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage pain, but constant use and high dosages can be taxing on the liver. Daily use also means that patients must avoid alcohol or risk further liver damage. More powerful opioid painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl can be risky because patients develop tolerance to them over time, and they can also be addictive. And on the opposite side, some people with severe pain and no addiction issues can have difficulty getting opioid prescriptions because physicians worry about over-prescribing these types of pills. Clinical Guidelines Together, the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society published a set of clinical guidelines aimed at treating patients with lower back pain. Among other things, they recommend that lower back pain treatments begin not with MRIs and prescription painkillers, but instead with non-prescription medications, self-care at home, and non-drug treatments like exercise, yoga, stress therapy, massage, and rehabilitation. Why Non-Pharmacological Treatments Are Recommended Lower back pain stems from many different causes, both physical and psychological, and multiple causes are often present at the same time. For example, consider a patient who hurts their back lifting a heavy piece of furniture. Their back pain can lead to difficulty sleeping or awkward sleep position, causing further back pain. This poor sleep combined with their growing back pain can cause psychological stress, which feeds back into the pain and makes it even worse. Medication alone only treats the symptoms of pain; non-pharmacological treatments try to get at the root causes. The Interdisciplinary Approach A multifaceted approach to lower back pain is more likely to get at its varied causes. And when these techniques reduce pain among people who do require medication, they also allow lower doses of medication to be used. Stress reduction is the main psychological approach, and this is accomplished through activities like yoga, massage, cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation training. To address the physical side, the muscles of the back are strengthened and made more flexible through exercise, yoga, and physical therapy. So if you have lower back pain, discuss the options for interdisciplinary treatment with your doctor at your next...

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4 Warning Signs Of Cancer

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There are so many different types of cancer that it can be hard to know what to look for to keep yourself protected. For instance, breast cancer and brain cancer each have their own set of symptoms. However, just because each type of cancer has its own way of presenting itself doesn’t mean that there aren’t some general things to look for. Here are some of the early warning signs of cancer so that you can protect yourself. 1. Changes In Bowel or Bladder Habits Many times the cancer will affect your digestive system. Even if the cancer isn’t necessarily in your gut, your body will respond to the cancer cells in your body by trying to rid of the body of the cancer through your bowel and bladder habits. If you have always been healthy and have had regular bathroom habits that suddenly change, you should talk to your doctor, because this may be a sign of cancer. 2. Unusual Bleeding Or Discharge Another common sign is a discharge or bleeding from the affected area. For example, skin cancer might cause bleeding from a sore or mole on your skin. Breast cancer patients often experience some sort of discharge from the breast, and some cancer patients find blood in their urine. This is why you should talk to your doctor if you notice anything unusual. Anything bleeding or discharge shouldn’t be ignored. 3. Chronic Pain Pain is an indication that something is wrong in your body. Although you may think that you can tough it out, you shouldn’t ignore chronic and reoccurring pain. This is a sign that something is not right in your body. This is especially the case if you are experiencing pain in one part of the body more often than others. For instance, if you are having a hard time breathing and/or are experiencing pain in your chest, you could have lung cancer. Consequently, you should be sure that you are seeing your doctor for any pain that you might have. 4. Fatigue and Nausea Cancer has a way of making you feel perpetually sick. You might feel too tired to get out of bed or like you are going to vomit all the time. One or two days of this might just indicate a flu bug, but if it continues on for days or weeks, talk to your doctor. These are just some things that you should be on the lookout for pertaining to cancer. Contact a company like Sturdy Memorial Hospital for more...

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Types Of Allergy Testing

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With all of the technology running around, as well as modern scientists’ understanding of the human body and how it reacts, allergy testing has come a long way. Years ago, it was hard to tell if you were allergic to something via any test that a doctor could do, and even then they could not always nail down exactly what you were allergic to. Now methodologies have advanced and allergy testing is nearly painless and much more reliable. This article will run through the three major ways that doctors use to test for allergies. Skin prick test This is the most common test done by doctors to test for allergies. The doctor will place a small amount of what they think is causing your allergy on a place on your body. They generally use your forearm or back, as there is a lot of easily available skin there. Your skin is then pricked so that the allergen goes underneath your skin. The doctor will then look at the place on your arm after 15 minutes of waiting and see if there is swelling. If there is, you are most likely allergic to that substance. Intradermal skin test This testing is used more often when the doctor has used the skin prick test and it came out negative, but the doctor still thinks you are allergic to the particular substance. This is also used for testing if you are allergic to bee stings or penicillin. The doctor will use a needle to inject you with some of the allergen, then will look for any reaction. Same as before, if there is a reaction to the allergen, you are allergic to the substance. Patch testing Finally, there is patch testing, which is generally used after you suffer a bad attack to find out what the allergen was that you were affected by. For example, was it poison ivy or poison oak that you found in the woods that made you all red and blotchy? The doctor will tape the possible substances to your skin for 48 hours and then look at it after 72 hours to see what has affected you and what you are allergic to. There you have it, the three most common ways that doctors now test for allergies. If you think you might be allergic to something, head over to an allergy clinic like Allergy Clinic – Idaho. With this amount of technology and understanding now, it can’t be long before there are more sophisticated and painless ways of...

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Children’s Vision Problems To Be Aware Of

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Parents are often satisfied with the vision screenings that are performed in school or at the doctor’s office during yearly well child visits.  These screenings typically involve the child reading lines on a chart in order to measure distance acuity.  In other words, these screenings only test for nearsightedness.  They tell you whether or not your child can see things at a distance.  In order to get the most accurate picture of your child’s vision, you should see an eye doctor instead of relying on screenings. Types of Vision Problems in Children Children who have undetected vision problems can have learning problems, but vision problems are not considered learning disabilities.  There are far more vision problems that can affect a child’s learning than simply not being able to see long distances. Refractive Errors—Nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia) are two kinds of refractive vision problems.  Refractive errors are fairly common and are easily corrected with glasses. Functional—If your child is struggling in the classroom, it could be related to a functional vision problem.  Functional vision is how a child’s eyes function and how the brain works to control the eyes.  An example of a functional vision issue would be if your child’s eyes don’t stay aligned during reading.  This is called convergence insufficiency and often has symptoms like headaches and double vision.  A child could still have perfect vision and suffer from functional vision problems. Perceptual—Visual perception is how the child’s brain makes sense of what they see.  If a child has a hard time recognizing words, forming mental images, completing puzzles and if they often lose their place while reading and writing, they may have a perceptual vision problem.  They can easily pass a typical vision screening and still have perception problems.  Color Vision Deficiency—If a child is color blind, they will have difficulty completing tasks that involve distinguishing certain colors in the classroom.  Symptoms of an Undiagnosed Vision Problem The most common vision problem in children is myopia, or the ability to see far distances.  Since other types of vision problems are rare and screening for them is expensive, schools and pediatricians don’t screen for them.  Some eye doctors won’t even screen for certain conditions unless there are symptoms.  A few symptoms that may indicate an undiagnosed vision problem are: Crossed eyes Poor eye hand coordination Difficulty remembering what was read Headaches Blurry or double vision Covers one eye Reads close to book It is beneficial for all children to have a complete eye exam before starting kindergarten.  Being proactive and finding an eye problem before it affects your child’s education can save frustration for everyone.  If a problem is detected, it can usually be solved with glasses, techniques to help with the specific problem or occupational therapy. Contact an optometrist from a place like Quality Eye Care if you have other vision-related...

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Some Helpful Information About Depression

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Depression affects many people at least once during their life. For some people it becomes a chronic problem, and for other’s it comes and goes as life ebbs and flows. The important thing is to realize that depression can become serious if it is not treated. This is why it is important to recognize the symptoms of depression in yourself so that you can get the help that you need. What Is Depression? There are a couple different sublevels of depression, but overall there are similar connecting patterns in a depressed person. Generally what happens is that the person has a drop in their neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are the hormones that help to stabilize moods and help you to feel pleasure when you do something you like to do. Thus, if you take a bike ride, you might have a surge of dopamine in your brain that makes you feel happy and good. When you are depressed your brain has a hard time making and/or releasing these chemicals. Thus, whatever you do, you might feel a sense of hopelessness and a lack of pleasure for anything you do. This can become a chronic problem, or it can be something that flares up during certain times in your life, like after delivering a baby, after the death of a loved one, or during a particular stressful time in your life. What Are The Symptoms Of Depression? Although every person will experience the illness differently, there are some common symptoms you should be looking for. Here are a few: The constant feeling of impending doom or boredom The loss of desire to do things that you once loved No longer wanting to spend time or being around those you love Suicidal thoughts and/or frequently fantasizing about death Moodiness and irritability These are just a couple things that could be a sign that you are depressed. What Treatment Is There For Depression? There are a couple different options when it comes to treating a person with depression. The first is counseling. Some people need to change the way that they think. Although their brain isn’t releasing those chemicals properly, they might be able to help train their brain by thinking happier thoughts, exercising more, changing their diet, and changing their lifestyle. Another good way is to try medication. Anti-depressants can help to encourage the proper release of these chemicals and can ensure that the brain is doing its job properly. Many people find the most help when they do both medication and counseling together. These are just some of the things you need to know about depression.  To learn more, contact a family medicine clinic like Orange Beach Walk-In Medical...

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3 Amenities You Should Ask About At Your Clinic

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Many clinics offer amenities that help ensure that patients continue coming back because these amenities make their experience great. If you hear about amenities at a clinic nearby, but you don’t want to switch your doctor, talk to your clinic to see if they have these same amenities.  You just may not know about them yet. 1. They’ll Send Your Prescription to Your Pharmacy of Choice One of the most frustrating things about getting you medication is that you have to wait for thirty to forty minutes at some pharmacies before it is filled. In order to avoid this frustration, consider talking to your doctor or clinic and asking them to send your prescription directly to the pharmacy for you. Many doctors would be happy to do this because it is becoming a standard practice, as well as because it saves the clinic paper and ensures that you won’t lose the script.  If they won’t send your prescription to the pharmacy that you want, another option is to ask them to send it to the in-house pharmacy for your first dosage, and then give you a script for any refills. The advantage of them sending it to an in-house pharmacy is that, by the time you finish filling out your paperwork to check out of the clinic, your prescription will likely be filled. You might even be able to get discounts since you’ve seen a doctor from that clinic. You’ll want to get a script for your refills so that you’ll be able to fill them at a pharmacy that’s closer to you. 2. They Have Online Versions Of Your Medical History Many more hospitals are now taking notes on tablets or computers and uploading that information to a secure cloud so that it can be accessed anywhere by a person with the proper credentials. Patients will even be able to review exactly what they told the doctor about their medical histories, print out their medical histories, and give it to any specialists that might be outside their current clinical system. This saves patients a lot of time recounting details that they may have told a variety of doctors several times, which allows more of a focus on quality health care. 3. Childcare If you’re going to visit a loved one at the hospital, many clinics that are attached to that hospital offer childcare services so that you can enjoy time alone with your loved one and not have to worry about a child accidentally pulling out an IV. For more information, talk to your...

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